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Dandara To Launch KD Tower

Hemel Hempstead's tallest building, Kodak House, is set to be rebuilt as property developer Dandara launch their new vision of the building.

Currently 18 floors and formerly Kodak's European headquarters, the 67 metre tall tower has dominated Hemel Hempstead since the seventies and was only vacated by Kodak in 2005. This was temporary as the Buncefield oil terminal fire of the following summer saw them move back on the short-term as their other facilities in the area had been damaged.

Now out for good, Dandara can see through their plan to rebuild the tower as a wholly residential scheme and increase it in height to 21 floors with a new name, the KD Tower. It will be given glass cladding as part of the makeover along with external balconies for residents and penthouses with floor to ceiling glazing.

The tower rebuilding is part of a wider scheme that will see a total of 434 new homes, 9,000 square metres of office space, and 1,600 square metres of retail space plus new public areas between the buildings built on the entire former Kodak site, Leighton Buzzard Road and Cotterells.

To improve pedestrian links and help integrate the scheme better, a bridge will be constructed over the main road joining the site up properly with the centre of Hemel Hempstead.

Dandara originally planned to build 470 homes but these were reduced following concerns from local residents over excess amounts of traffic.

The KD Tower launches on the 20th of September.

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